The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday the launch of its new weekly “@Lunch With…” virtual lunchtime series.
“We’re currently living in a drastically different world as a result of COVID-19 and the chamber has worked hard to quickly adapt to it,” said Ivan Volschenk, president of the chamber. “We see this new lunch series as a way to continue to connect people in our business community with current information, but with a personal touch.”
The program is designed to bring the business community together for engaging conversations on current local issues and topics with a different featured guest each week.
Held in a conversational style, the program is set to include a talk by the guest, followed by open dialogue and conversation.
“We are all dealing with this pandemic and believe it is important and healthy for our business community to continue to have conversations with our community leaders about relevant topics,” Nancy Starczyk, chair of the chamber board, said in a prepared statement. “Continuing to connect with each other, while apart during this time, is important.”
The series is scheduled to begin at noon on Tuesday and continue weekly for at least six weeks, and speakers include:
- Tuesday: Stephanie English, deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley.
- April 21: Marlee Lauffer, vice president of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
- April 28: Cameron Smyth, mayor of the city of Santa Clarita.
Space is limited in order to allow for thoughtful conversations and dialogue.Though chamber members will receive priority registration, the program will be open to all to attend, per officials.